At last, the long days and warm nights have arrived! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, summer is the most "yang" season of the year.
The heat and the sun draws you outdoors to feel the warmth on your skin, allowing you to fill up on Vitamin D. It's a time to exercise outdoors, eat light, sleep shorter hours, and rest over lunch.
Yang too, is at its fullest in the body, as energy flows particularly at the surface of your body, causing veins to surface and the skin to sweat.
During this time, you should eat pungent herbs and foods, which increase energy flow and can help maintain normal, healthy sweating.
While yang is hot, it's also drying. Yang is fire and expanding, so this makes summer a time when things grow rapidly. Depending on your location in the world, summer can be very different than in other areas.
This location will then dictate how you eat. Some of us live in a hot and dry climates, while others in hot and humid, and others are in cooler areas.